At some point or the other, each one of us has felt that we are caught in a rut, cannot move forward and cannot move backwards. A sense of claustrophobia sets in and is quite apparent to those around us from our behavior. The Law of Attraction tells us that “like attracts like”.
If we are despondent and view the world negatively, we will only attract more negativity sinking deeper into our rut. Self help books and counseling may offer solutions but at the end of the day, it is up to us to get up, shake ourselves free of whatever is holding us back and have a go at getting what we want.
Step out of your comfort zone and shake things up a little to get rid of your inertia
Whether it is a slight tweak to our routine or a life changing decision, the best way to go about it is with baby steps. Stepping out of your comfort zone means you need to ensure that you sustain your commitment and energy levels not to mention drive to get things moving. Be comfortable in what you are doing, and as your confidence goes up, you will dare to go further and challenge yourself.
Do something new today
Just shaking up your routine can create a ripple effect for you. Again, it does not have to be earth shattering, why not make a change to your exercise routine or try out a new restaurant for Sunday lunch? New activities bring new perspectives and a different view of the world, whether outside of or within you. You might just find the missing piece of the puzzle that will get you out of your rut.
Deal with your fears head on
Whether it is societal conditioning or a limiting belief that you hold about yourself or your abilities, sit down and analyze where the fear is coming from. If you find yourself procrastinating, ask yourself, what is stopping you, what do you believe, what is the fear behind the belief? Self challenge to step out and deal with the issue on hand. Ask yourself, what is the worst that can happen? Most probably not enough to stop you from stepping out of your comfort zone and doing something concrete to get out of the state of inertia.
Stop treating the situation like a problem to be solved
Most importantly, when faced with a situation, don’t think of it as a problem and get caught but as an opportunity for growth and change and a chance to challenge yourself to the limit. Remember, nothing ventured, nothing gained.
Stand in the realm of possibility and see what happens when you step out of your comfort zone and make changes. Keep a journal for a week and note down on a daily basis
In what ways were you open or closed to possibilities today?
What triggered your being open or closed?
What were the outcomes of your being open or closed?
When you remained open, what impact did that have on your behavior and of those around you?
Take stock at the end of the week about the changes you noticed in yourself and your situation and celebrate the joys of stepping out of your comfort zone, getting out of your rut and walking into the sunshine.
Whenever you find yourself stuck in a rut or between a rock and a hard place, just look at your journal and the above 4 questions. Oh yes, and do come back and share your experiences. Knowledge shared is knowledge enhanced!
Want more self-coaching exercises? Download the Self-Improvement Strategies – The Karmic Ally Way by filling in your details in the box above the blog post or in the form below. You also get access to my bi-monthly newsletter with more tips and free resources! Since I don’t spam or share emails with others, you’re in safe hands.
Share with others!